Pitch Battle axed by BBC One after one series following poor viewing figures

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Pitch Battle won't be returning to BBC One next year, it's been announced.

Telly's latest musical contest saw rival vocal groups go head-to-head in a series of musical challenges, including 'riff-offs' and an a capella round.


Gareth Malone and Kelis acted as full-time judges and were joined by various guest judges throughout the series, with Joe Jonas and Chaka Khan among names that appeared as guest panellists.

Seal, Will Young and rising star Bebe Rexha also took on the panel throughout the show.

But the Pitch Perfect inspired show struggled in the ratings on Saturday nights over the summer, dropping to just 2 million viewers.

After six weeks, July saw the live final and it was Leeds Contemporary Singers who were crowned the winners.

But they'll be the first and only champions of Pitch Battle, with The Sun reporting that it's been axed by the BBC.

"It just didn’t work from the word go and BBC bosses have decided to put it out of its misery after just one series," a source said. “They have trialled some other formats and will replace it with one of those.

“It’s sadly another failed notch for Mel post-Bake Off, as viewers just never really got on board with it.


“Bosses think they could bring it back at some point, but it seems very unlikely.”

A spokesperson confirmed to the tabloid: “We are proud of Pitch Battle and would like to thank everyone involved in the show but we sometimes have to make difficult decisions in order to make room for new shows so it will not be returning to BBC One next year.”

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